Chemical ecology

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Chemical ecology examines the role of chemical interactions between living organisms and their environment, as the consequences of those interactions on the ethology and evolution of the organisms involved. It is thus a vast and highly interdisciplinary field.[1] Chemical ecology studies focuses on the biochemistry of ecology and the specific molecules or groups of molecules termed semiochemicals that function as signals to initiate, modulate, or terminate a variety of biological processes such as metabolism. Molecules that serve in such roles typically are readily diffusible organic substances of low molecular mass that derive from secondary metabolic pathways, but also include peptides and other natural products.[citation needed] Chemical ecological processes mediated by semiochemicals include ones that are intraspecific (occurring within a species) or that are interspecific (occurring between species).[2] A variety of functional subtypes of signals are known, including pheromones, allomones, kairomones, and attractants and repellents.[citation needed] It can sometimes be hard to differentiate from other biological fields and may require many disciplines working together in a study.

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Some major focal points in the field of chemical ecology include:[according to whom?][citation needed]

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  1. ^ "What is Chemical Ecology? | CHEMICAL ECOLOGY". Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  2. ^ Law, JH & Regnier, FE (1971). "Pheromones". Annual Review of Biochemistry. 40: 533–548. doi:10.1146/ 
  3. ^ Berasategui, Aileen; Shukla, Shantanu; Salem, Hassan; Kaltenpoth, Martin (2016-02-01). "Potential applications of insect symbionts in biotechnology". Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100 (4): 1567–1577. doi:10.1007/s00253-015-7186-9. ISSN 1432-0614. PMC 4737797Freely accessible. PMID 26659224. [relevant? ]
  4. ^ Zidorn, C (2010). "Altitudinal variation of phenolics contents in flowering heads of the Asteraceae family". Phytochemistry Reviews. 9: 197–203. doi:10.1007/s11101-009-9143-7. [better source needed]

4. Putnam, A.R. (1988). "Allelochemicals from Plants as Herbicides" Weed Technology. 2(4): 510-518.

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